We are enduring the Shit of State. I, for one, am gonna replace the *t* with *p*, or die in the process. We ain`t done, by a long shot.
Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — February 17, 2013 @ 3:01 am
In 35′ seas off Hatteras one night, in the crew’s head, selling Buicks into one of the two shitters, of a 172′ Wooden-hulled Minesweeper, I made a solemn promise to my Lord to never go out of sight of land. That has been 40 years ago & that promise has served me well since.
They were pooping in plastic bags.. can’t wait ’till those bags wash up on shore. Another good reason to ban them. Now when you go on a cruise you have to bring your own poop bag or jar. No more plastic.
Comment by geezerette — February 17, 2013 @ 11:30 am
But you missed the “head man” thing, dincha?
Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 17, 2013 @ 2:30 pm
Having served my fair share of time afloat, I cannot imagine why anyone would pay good money to be trapped on a cruise ship. Perhaps it was growing up on a large farm amidst a zillion acres of woods, rivers and creeks to wander in that affects me. Besides, cruise ships don`t have no catapult to launch into the wild blue yonder…..
Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — February 17, 2013 @ 2:36 pm
I preferred having the ability to leave a pitching deck by merely raising my feet:
Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 17, 2013 @ 6:12 pm
^ … and especially the returning-to part.
Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 18, 2013 @ 7:59 am
Doug!! What are you doing to that book??? My mother would give you a whack across the back of your head. :)) Tell me you don’t dog ear the pages. The rest of the picture makes me jealous and miss my hammock in the woods.
Comment by geezerette — February 18, 2013 @ 8:39 am
“Being aboard ship is like being in prison, with the extra added possibility of drowning.”
Now that sailboat looks a lot like the 50 footer (…3 bed rooms/7beds, galley,dining room, radio room…) I rented for 10 days in Tahiti w a coupla Marine buddies in 1992. Stocked with food and booze. Went in June, a month before the holiday season started, so we owned all the islands. Had a 1 hour lecture on Fwench navigation rules an then raised anchor and sailed to all the islands (…Bora Bora was the best…). 75 degree temps day an night and steady winds averaging 20 knots. We rotated skipper at the helm and port and starboard jibs/mainsail daily. I was the only cook so I got to cook and buddies did All the cleanup afterwards. So nice that I elected to sleep at night on the deck w a pillow & sheet & learn the stars in the southern hemisphere. Usually anchored in an island bay, but at Bora Bora harbor we dingeyed ashore and had a *few* at a cosmic hotel bar (…rum & coke = $9.00 bucks a pop!!!!!!…) , so a *few* was just that (…plenty bottles of personality back aboard our sailboat…)
Encountered about a half-dozen sailboats that had sailed to Tahiti from Seattle and LA. Too long a trip aboard a 50 footer for this child!
Anyhow, it was a grand 10 days and I am glad I did it…….
Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — February 18, 2013 @ 12:00 pm
Okay, now you hit my envy nerve.
Paperbacks from the take-one/leave-one shelves at marinas are the perfect opportunities to get spine-breaking and dog-earing out of one’s system. And, no, I don’t do that with my own library.
Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 18, 2013 @ 5:46 pm
O.K. Doug you are forgiven. The biggest “ship” I’ve been on is the Ranger 111 on a 5 hr. trip across the big lake to Isle Royale National Park. Some were very interesting trips some not so. The best ones were when I could sit out side in the fresh air and read. I envy you guys —
Comment by geezerette — February 18, 2013 @ 7:58 pm
Speaking of floggings, they will continue until morale improves.
Today’s version is “Tax increases will continue until the economy improves”.
Stick : Two of the Universal Rules of Common Sense and Longer Life: Don’t jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Keep your feet on solid land.
There are some exceptions, as always, like “unless that perfectly good airplane is on the ground and about to catch fire (at which time it ceases to be a PGA)”, or “unless that solid land is about to be part of a great earthquake or fall under a giant tsunami”.
But these exceptions are things that can only be learned from long (and successful) experience.
COL Jerry” … learn the stars in the southern hemisphere …”
They’re weird. All the constellations (that you can see) are upside down. But the Milky Way must have been a glorious sight, out there on the sea, without the benefit of landlubberly city lights.
Tho I had 2 carrier cruises, the sailboat trip was the first time I saw the Southern Cross…………………and you are right, the night sky was crystal clear for those 10 days………….And the ocean was warm and clear. We bathed off the stern. Takes a lot of hair soap to wash in salt water……I enjoyed watching the island kids, who after school would hit the lagoons in long boats for racing…
Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — February 18, 2013 @ 11:05 pm